When did drama begin?
As far as history records for us. Churches controlled music so tightly that these traveling shows started out doing plays in towns and actors would change only their hats or so to play different characters. There were eventually stages built where the enterances were customary. If you came from the left of the stage you were from the sea, from the right and you were from another country, two doors in the center of the stage and each door was a different part of the town, such as the bank or the store. Drama has always been there. Whether it was songs sung with dancers or a scripted play. The 'play' concept is attributed to the ancient greeks, mainly Athenians. No real exact date could be put on it but it would be pre-1500BC.
It is also believed that the first instance of drama was in Africa with an oral storyteller called the griot. His narrative would be supplemented with drums and actors playing out motions. According to the Bible, the first drama was when Satan tried to dethrone God and was tossed out of heaven. Technically, the first drama on earth was when Satan tempted Eve to take of the forbidden truth, and when she and her husband took of it, that is when drama became a MAJOR factor.
Long before actors and script-writes began to make 'dramas' there was a tradition or oral story-telling. Bards or poets would travel around to different towns or villages and recite long stories for food or other repayment. 'Drama' as we know it know is a product of Ancient Greece, but most likely not before 1500BC, as this pre-dates the Trojan War era, in which travelling poets were the source of entertainment. === === We can discount biblical myths of Satan and Adam and Eve in the history of drama, though it does allow an element of the ridiculous. And I don't know where this 1500 BCE timeline comes from. The sort of drama of the Greek tragedy dates from a thousand years later. Extant tragedies are 5th C BCE onwards. They descended from religious singing before an altar in forest glades - the orchestra was originally the dancing floor. Progressively a couple of individual actors were introduced to help tell a story, while the chorus remained as part of the arrangement. The altar remained and housed some of the props, eg killings were done off-stage, and the victim might be wheeled out of the altar. Just as the forest religious dances transitioned onto stages with increasing numbers of actors, so those stage plays dedicated to the gods further developed over the centuries to the sort of thing we see in modern theatre/movies.
---- The earliest dramas which have survived are those of Aeschylus who was active from around 524 BC. Greek tradition (though this may be hearsay) attributes the invention of drama to Thespis, from perhaps a generation earlier.
Aeschylus' dramas certainly have the appearance of an artform which has just been invented. Aeschylus uses few actors onstage at any one time, and most of his action is told rather than shown. Considerable advances in the technique of theatre would be made by Aeschylus' immediate successors Sophocles and Euripides (and probably others, though only Sophocles' and Euripides' plays have survived).
Tragedy seems to have come first, but comedy followed soon after with Aristophanes a well-established comedian by the 440's BC.
There have been many societies without drama. Classical Arab commentators famously failed to understand what the terms 'tragedy' and 'comedy' meant when attempting to comment on Aristotle's Poetics (which is mainly about drama). West Africa's griots are storytellers (as anyone who has seen one knows).
Commercial drama begins in Europe during the Sixteenth Century. When James Burbage built the first purpose-designed building for the exhibition of commercial drama there was no name for such a thing - so he had to invent one. He called it The Theatre.
Obviously the idea of 'drama' as human beings producing a performance symbolising something else has been around for almost as long as Homo sapiens or even erectus. Drama was practised in some form or another in most ancient civillisations. Drama as we know it, performed by actors in 'theatres' was invented by the Greeks. Indeed, drama is a Greek word. The idea of organised drama was taken up by the Romans and thereby spread through…
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the drama began in Greece , the Greek invented the genre of Drama then the Roman artists imitated the Greek artists and adapted with their culture when the Greek teachers immigrated o Rome and translated their dramatic works to the Latin language . day by day , Romans became have their own drama . subsequently , the printing machine was invented and their styles were published by the way , the Greek drama started with…
In ancient times, drama began in Greece as a function of Greek spiritual practice. That is to say, drama was born out of Greek reverence for their gods and was originally intended as a kind of offering to them or as a kind of imitation of them. Much mystery surrounds the origins of Greek drama; however, it is clear that its presentation of stories about human events was seen as a kind of "divine" institution…
History of theatre Applied Drama Augustan drama Christian drama Closet drama Costume drama Domestic drama Dramatic structure Dramatic theory Flash drama Folk play Heroic drama Legal drama Melodrama Monodrama Mystery play One act play Play Political drama Radio drama Theatre awards Two-hander Verse drama and dramatic verse Well-made play Classical Athenian drama Medieval Indian Chinese Opera Pantomime From http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20081013014121AAExwd3
There are many, many different types of drama. And here is a short list of a few of the many kinds: Verse Drama Radio Drama Monodrama Folk Plays Melodrama Christian or religious drama Costume drama Domestic Drama Flash Drama ...But as I said there are lots and lots more, but this is a little insight in what kinds of drama that there is :-) Hope you're satisfied with the answer :-)